Grahl and Smith Lead Hunt Seat at University of Michigan

Being on semester break didn't slow the momentum of the Briton hunt seat team when they competed in a double-header at the University of Michigan on January 9 and 10.

Leading the team off was Christine Grahl (Coldwater/Coldwater), whose second place in open over fences on Saturday and victory in the same class on Sunday set the bar high for the rest of the team. Team captain Lannis Smith (Northville/Northville) answered the call when she took first in her novice flat class on Saturday and second in the Sunday round. Also helping to put points on the scoreboard on Saturday was Alexandra Hamlin's (Mattawan/Mattawan) second place finish in intermediate flat and Emily Adams' (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) consistent thirds in intermediate flat and fences.

The Britons finished in third place as a team at the conclusion of Saturday's meet. On Sunday, they placed fourth.

Sunday's score was also helped by a third place finish in beginner walk/trot/canter by first-year team member, sophomore Jane Fillmore (Hope/St. John's International School) and by Sarah Behrendt's (Walled Lake/Lutheran Westland) second place finish in intermediate over fences.